Chair Bio

Paul Pinson

Edinburgh, Vistage Chair since June 2010

Paul is an executive coach, coach trainer, group facilitator, and creative leader with over 20 years experience in various leadership positions.

For the last 6 years Paul has chaired two groups of CEOs in the East of Scotland with members from a diverse range of businesses including The Insights Group, Endura, IndigoVision PLC, Thorntons Law, Macsween of Edinburgh, BCF Technology, Cornerstone, Dynamic EMS, Hunter Adams and Whitespace. Paul also chairs a group consisting of senior direct reports of some of the CEOs from the above companies and the owner/managers of smaller businesses.

“Paul is an outstanding leader and coach. Together we have talked through some of the biggest issues and opportunities I have faced in my business as well as in my professional and personal life. He has supported my thinking, encouraged my commitment and decisions and challenged me to be all I can be. He is considered, compassionate, expert and committed. Paul holds up a mirror for me, and asks truly wonderful questions to help me see beyond whatever issues I am mired in. He helps me keep the promises I make to myself. I have worked with many coaches and consultants from around the world. Paul ranks among the very best. He is a truly world class professional, and a very special human being”.

Andy Lothian, CEO, The Insights Group

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Paul originally studied business and worked for a blue chip assurance company. After changing career and studying theatre he moved to Scotland in the 1980s and was the Founding Chief Executive and Artistic Director of an international theatre company. Over the next 20 years he established it as one of the most pioneering and respected companies in Europe with a repertoire of work created both in the UK and internationally.

During this time Paul produced, wrote and directed some of the most unique productions in recent British theatre history. These took place in a range of extraordinary locations both local and international ranging from a Pacific oceanfront to the Formula 1 circuit in Monaco, and include the largest ever single audience for a Scottish theatre company.

Paul has a Postgraduate qualification in Executive Coaching from Strathclyde University together with specialist emotional intelligence (EQi) qualifications from the Institute of Leadership at Edinburgh’s Napier University.

Paul also runs Brightspace, an executive coaching and organisational development company. Clients range from Scottish SMEs to large multinationals. Work includes executive coaching, leadership development and strategy facilitation.

“We all want to achieve our goals and find happiness, success and satisfaction in our lives. As our challenges and distractions increase, it is helpful to have a skilful mentor, someone you truly can really trust, to help you find the best route and actions to your solutions. I feel very fortunate to have found and worked with Paul Pinson. Having worked with Paul through my Vistage CEO group and in our 1-2-1 sessions, I think he’s the best and would have no hesitation in recommending him. He is understanding, honest and an insightful guide who will challenge, question and support you in your quest”.

Michael Laing, OBE DL, CEO Laing the Jeweller

As a business coach, mentor and facilitator Paul works alongside people and organisations creating contexts for them to flourish, to discover insights into their own performance and to help move their businesses forward with greater clarity and purpose.

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Types of Group run by this Chair

Successful leaders combine good business sense with inspiration, guidance and unwavering authority. Connect with up to 16 peers from a diverse range of non-competitive businesses and backgrounds in this one-of-a-kind peer advisory and executive leadership development program.

The Vistage Chief Executive Program creates a unique environment that provides each member with individual insight, coaching, strategies and leadership skills to help you make better decisions and achieve better results for your company. Harness the power of a group of fellow executives all driven to do the best for themselves and their peers.

We tailor each Vistage private advisory group to ensure that each member get the maximum benefit possible.

We have specific groups for CEOs/MDs running larger SME business (typically £3-£50m); executives running smaller businesses (typically £1-3m); key executives who report to a CEO/MD; and for organisations that wish to bring Vistage inside their organisation for all their senior management team. Find out more about the different Vistage group offerings

Designed to help results-driven key executives build leadership skills and bring new thinking, new ideas and new strategies to the table - in a trusted peer group environment.

The Vistage Key Executive Program empowers you to become a stronger asset to your CEO and team. Benefit from sharing a peer group perspective, expert insights and executive coaching to give you with the knowledge, strategic thinking and confidence you need for the fast-changing business environment of today’s modern organisation.

Join up to 16 successful executives from a diverse range of businesses and backgrounds and build your skills through challenging discussions, fresh perspectives on the key executive role, strategies to help your business grow, and expert guidance, learning and coaching from Vistage speakers.

We have specific groups for CEOs/MDs running larger SME business (typically £3-£50m); executives running smaller businesses (typically £1-3m); key executives who report to a CEO/MD; and for organisations that wish to bring Vistage inside their organisation for all their senior management team. Find out more about the different Vistage group offerings